Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Compressors. There's a subject I could go all day on but I won't.
You won't find a "hand carried" compressor that will operate an impact gun or even an air drill. Tools like that require a lot of air. Unless of course you are some behemoth kinda guy who can carry a 20 gallon tank under his arm.
You have to first decide what you want the compressor to do for you.
I have this Campbell Hausfeld unit as my "portable" unit. Operates my air nailer and stapler just fine. Top up some tires, blow out the garden hose, but that's about it's limit.
After that if you want to use air tools you should match (or better) the compressor to the air tool specs. Different air tools have different air requirements. A die grinder for example uses a lot of air.
Simple answer is to buy the compressor with the largest storage capacity and air delivery (CFM) that you can afford or have room for.
Like anything else in life after you buy one and have it for a few years you'll wish you bought a bigger one.
My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.
"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "
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